Publication Number: ACC-00100
Author/Sponsor: Scott Rupp
Available Online Only. Over the past 50 years, Alaska has warmed at more than twice the rate of the rest of the United States. Warmer temperatures have led to longer snow-free seasons, changes in vegetation, and loss of ice and permafrost, all of which can contribute to longer and more active fire seasons. This publication describes the likely effects of climate change on the boreal forest and tundra ecosystems, including changes in wildlife habitat, increases in carbon emissions and the risks to people and property. Learning about these changes and their potential impacts can help guide us in planning for the future.